Hell Roaring Fire near Stanley grows to 130 acres

zkyle@idahostatesman.comJuly 4, 2014 

UPDATE: A previous report said the Hell Roaring wildfire was 195 acres. A spokeswoman for the Sawtooth National Forest says that the updated number is 130 acres. The change is due to a reevaluation and not due to firefighters reducing the size of the blaze.

It's too early to tell whether crews will limit the Hell Roaring wildfire near Stanley to its current size of 130 acres.

The blaze was 80 acres when it was reported at about 11:45 a.m. on the Fourth of July, Sawtooth National Forest spokeswoman Barbara Bassler said. Four engines, three firefighter hand crews, three helicopters and four single engine air tankers responded, and another helicopter and firefighter crew have been requested to assist, she said.

The fire is burning in dry dead and downed lodgepole pine. Time will tell whether the retardant dumped from the air tankers will stop the fire from spreading.

"This could go on for a couple of days or it could be out by tomorrow," Bassler said. "Tonight will tell whether it lays down."

The cause isn't yet determined, she said.

Campers and hikers were evacuated from the area. Several cabins are within two miles of the fire but aren't yet in danger, Bassler said.

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